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Grants & Awards

Funds for Faculty Research and Collaborations

In order to remain at the top of its game as a Research 1 university, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty stay current in their research, scholarship and artistry. They then bring that knowledge to teaching Carolina students. The Institute is proud to be able to offer funding opportunities to faculty.


The Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant supports arts, humanities, and interpretive social science publication and performance by UNC faculty. The grant is funded by a partnership between the Office of Research Development and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The goal is to provide funding to increase the quality, contribution, or reach of books, recordings, and other academic or scholarly works. Examples include illustrations, indexing, publisher’s subventions, cover art, and similar.

The funds are not intended to cover the total cost of completing the research project, but to complement other financial support. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed. All eligible works must be complete at the time of application, e.g., accepted manuscript, mixed and edited master recording, etc.

Application: Applicants submit requests through the below link to the IAH for review. Applicants should explain briefly how the support will further the goal of increasing quality, contribution, or reach.

The Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The IAH tries to respond to applicants within a month.

Awards: The normal maximum award to support the publication of a book/monograph or musical/performance recording is $2,500. Requests above this amount will be considered in the case of exceptional need or opportunity. Awards are to be used by one full year from date of award.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the UNC-CH faculty holding any faculty rank. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received funding from this program in the past 3 years.

Recipients: Recipients are requested to provide a copy of the book or other publication to the IAH upon completion to become part of the IAH’s faculty publications collection.

Questions: Contact the IAH team at

Application for the Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and Honors Carolina—with the generous support of the William C. Friday Leadership Fund—are proud to offer an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to assist IAH Faculty Fellows in their current research projects. Students will also acquire fundamental skills in conducting graduate-level research in the arts and humanities. In an effort to initiate and foster new collaborative partnerships, preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.

Eligibility: This opportunity is for undergraduate students and for IAH Faculty Fellows or Academic Leadership Program Fellows. Student and fellow need to submit a joint application. Preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.

Amount: Students receive a $2,000 stipend.

Deadline: October 7, 2022

Application for the William C. Friday Arts and Humanities Research Award

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students from participating units may apply to the King’s College Fund for support for projects and collaborative events that advance the relationship between UNC-Chapel Hill and KCL. This program is supported by the Dean’s Office, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and participating departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. All proposals should be approved by the Chair of the faculty/graduate students’ department or curriculum.

Funds are typically requested to cover travel by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and faculty, costs of housing and hospitality for local events, however, with current travel limitations virtual projects and events will be support for calendar year 2022. Funds can be used to support expenses like graduate student awards (including requests to provide funding for graduate student conference organizers, up to $1,250), faculty advisory support, and speaker fees. Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000. Please be aware that in many cases, not all program costs will be fully covered by the KCL Fund. Thus we encourage applicants to seek additional sources of support.

Participating units (those paying yearly dues to the Fund) currently include: Classics; English and Comparative Literature; Global Studies; Geography; History; Music, Peace, War and Defense; and Religious Studies. Other departments are welcome to join.

For more information about the UNC/King’s College partnership, please contact IAH Executive Director Tommie Watson.

Amount: Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $2,000 and $8,000.

The application period is currently closed and will open again in fall 2022.

Application for the King’s College Fund

The IAH Collaboration Grant, launched in 2017-2018, provides funding to a participant of the New Faculty Program who collaborates with a more senior faculty member. Proposals for research projects that lead to a publication, creative activity, or a grant proposal will be prioritized. The program has a total of $5,000 and we may provide one or more grants depending on the quality and quantity of proposals.

Eligibility: The new faculty member should be the lead on the project. The funds can be used to pay for a graduate research assistant, travel to conduct research, supplies and materials to conduct research, or other research related activities. The funds cannot be used to support faculty salaries. Priority will be given to collaborations outside the home department and that lead to new faculty advancing their careers in their respective fields.

For more information, please contact IAH Executive Director Tommie Watson.

Amount: Varies

Funds must be spent by June 30, 2023.

The application period is currently closed and will open again in fall 2022.

Download the Application for the New Faculty Program Collaboration Grant (Word Document)

The Arts and Humanities Research Grant promotes research, scholarly, creative, and artistic pursuits in the fine arts and humanities. The program is part of Carolina’s strategic plan and the Vice Chancellor for Research’s university-wide pilot funding portfolio, furthering the University’s pre-eminence as a national and world-renowned leader in foundational research, creative practice, and the translation of research into social settings.

The program is co-funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Grants provide support to individuals and/or teams pursuing scholarly, creative, or artistic research projects.

Eligibility: Applicants for the Arts & Humanities Research Grant must be full-time faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holding any rank (including teaching track) whose research and scholarly expertise aligns with the fine arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences. For projects involving multiple faculty, each faculty member must meet these eligibility criteria.

Amount: Awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500, to be used within one full year from the date of award.

Deadlines: Proposals should be submitted as one document in PDF format to by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022. Complete details and how to apply are available at the ORD website. Please use this required template for the cover page of your application.

In keeping with the University’s commitment to providing a diverse intellectual and educational environment, this grant supports the professional careers and art/scholarship of faculty from underrepresented groups. This grant is led by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Funds are for use through the end of the following fiscal year. Appropriate use of funding includes: Research-related travel, conferences or other professional development activities, work equipment grad/student/research/creative assistants; research/artistic materials/books, food for research-related seminars and workshops.

Funding cannot be used for personal use, course/teaching development, regular or base salary, summer salary, or any related administrative supplements. Expenditures must be in line with the general policies of the university. All expenditures should be made after the grant is awarded and the funds are transferred to the awardee’s department.

Eligibility: Applicants should hold a faculty position across the University of any rank at the time of application. Award amounts vary, with a maximum amount of $2,500. Priority will be given to those/applicants who do not have other research funds currently available.

Deadlines: Applications are accepted during announced windows during each semester.

Publication of the results of a research project or a program/catalog/other promotional material for a public or artistic project should include an acknowledgment of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities Grants for Faculty from Underrepresented Groups.

A one-page summary of the awardee’s project, general expenditures, and the work enabled by this assistance should be submitted to the IAH at the end of the funding period to help demonstrate the impact of these types of grants for underrepresented faculty.


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing funding for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.

Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Director will appoint faculty to serve on the nominating committee. For complete eligibility requirements, please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for this program.


The maximum award available through the NEH Summer Stipend Program is $6,000.

Funds may support the recipient’s compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Selection Process

Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. Applicants may fill out the Qualtrics form below by Sept. 9 for consideration by the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Nominating Committee.

Your application will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Engelhardt, and comprised of former recipients of the NEH Summer Stipend, and IAH Director Patricia Parker. Whether or not you are nominated, you will be notified of the decision by Sept. 16.

Funds and all restrictions are determined by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Apply for NEH Summer Stipend

Fixed-term faculty teach more total classes and introductory courses than tenure-track faculty. Despite reaching more students, fixed-term faculty do not receive the support, prestige or job security of their tenure-line colleagues. The IAH provides a fund of $6,000 to support their pedagogical or research portfolios. 

The application process will be announced later, with an expected deadline in spring 2023.



The Schwab Academic Excellence Award is an endowed fund at the IAH. The fund is used annually to support 21 department chairs in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, to designate a faculty member in their department to receive this $3,000 award to support the person’s scholarship and creative activity. The award is intended to support outstanding faculty work and as an early intervention retention tool for department chairs in these departments to use at their discretion.

Announcement: Awards are given out in December of each year and are publicly announced in the spring semester.

The George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow is awarded to a full professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who has been a Fellow at the Institute. The IAH began granting the award in 2008 to honor George H. Johnson, one of the Institute’s earliest ambassadors, and to recognize outstanding contributions by UNC faculty in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences. The biennial award provides a $5,000 prize for the winner.

Eligibility and Criteria

Full professors currently on faculty at Carolina who have participated at any time in the Institute’s Faculty Fellowship Program (including Chapman Family Fellows) or Academic Leadership Program are eligible for the prize.  To verify a potential nominee’s affiliation with our programs, search for their name in the Institute’s Faculty Fellows Database or  Academic Leadership Database.

The Johnson Prize honors a substantial contribution to scholarly or creative work in the arts, humanities, or interpretive social sciences over the course of an entire career. Leadership in the faculty member’s chosen field of endeavor, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, or in a specific on- or off-campus community, will figure prominently in the committee’s selection of the recipient.

Submission Process

Nominations for the Johnson Prize should be submitted through Qualtrics by October 12, 2022. The nomination form includes a link to upload a short letter highlighting why you think the nominee should be considered for the award (500 words maximum).

Please do not tell colleagues that you are nominating them for this prize or ask them to give you supporting materials for the nomination. The selection committee will collect the necessary materials for making the decision as needed.

Nomination form for the Johnson Prize (Qualtrics)

Selection Process

The IAH Director will select two faculty members to serve on the Johnson Prize Selection Committee. The committee will review the nominees and make a recommendation to the IAH Director and the Senior Associate Dean for the Fine Arts and Humanities for final approval.

Prize Announcement

The winner of the prize will be announced on October 25, 2022.  The recipient will be awarded $5,000 and will be the keynote speaker on their area of research at the Johnson Prize Presentation in November or December 2022. Previous recipients of the award include Elizabeth Olson (2020), Lloyd Kramer (2018), John McGowan (2016), James Peacock (2014), Gerald Postema (2012), Julia Wood (2010), and Trudier Harris (2008).



For more information, contact:

Silas Webb
Administrative Support Specialist